Scholarships and Fellowships

Portraits of Terrence McKenzie, Madeleine Burns, Natalya Burgess, Lesthia Isaacs, and Adrian Guadalupe (L to R) who received scholarships through the UB-Buffalo Partnership Scholars Program.

The School of Architecture and Planning, in partnership with the university, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and our philanthropic supporters, provides support to our undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to tuition scholarships, stipends for travel and supplies, and support for study abroad, our students, like our faculty, are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service—and are rewarded for their hard work. 

  • AAUW's Selected Professions Fellowships

    Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • AIA/AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship

    The AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship provides assistance to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BA or BA + MA) in architecture.

  • Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Foundation

    The Appraisal Institute’s foundation offers two types of scholarships. One type is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, to help finance the educational endeavors of graduate students concentrating in real estate appraisal, land economics, real estate or allied fields. A second type is for minorities and women students pursuing academic degrees in real estate appraisal or related fields.

  • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program

    The Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program is sponsored by New York State and offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university. Graduate departments nominate individual students for this award, which consists of both a stipend and tuition scholarship. Contact the assistant dean for graduate education, to further discuss the nomination process.

  • Bergmeyer x PAVE Scholarship

    Creative. Connected. Curious. Bergmeyer is a Design Collaborative; inspired through partnership, thoughtfully creative, inherently curious, and driven to fulfill their clients’ needs. They design for their clients’ clients, the people whose lives and experiences are enhanced by their work, by focusing on understanding the end user while delivering on each clients’ vision and return on investment.

    Services include Architecture, Interior Design, Branding, Graphic Design, Strategy. Visual Merchandising, Program Management, Sustainability Consulting, Placemaking, and Event Design + Activation. Markets include Retail, Restaurant, Workplace, Commercial, Multi-Family Residential, Academic, Cultural, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Pop-Up + Temporary Experiences.

    The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in interior design, architecture, and graphic design through a $1,500 scholarship and an opportunity to take part in an immersive virtual learning experience with several of the industry’s top designers at Bergmeyer.

    The mission of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is to support students studying in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising; therefore, PAVE has created the Student Scholarship Program to assist students with funds to cover basic needs. In nine years, PAVE’s Scholarship Program has proudly granted over $180,000 to students.

    For more information and application details, visit Bergmeyer online at and follow us on Instagram @bergmeyer_design or LinkedIn @bergmeyer for the latest updates.

  • Bonnie Ott Scholarship Fund

    The Bonnie Ott Scholarship Fund is awarded to University at Buffalo undergraduate or graduate students matriculated in the School of Architecture and Planning. The maximum award amount is equal to one semester of resident tuition (or the corresponding resident tuition for a summer program).

  • Brill Travel Scholarship

    The Mike Brill Travel Scholarship celebrates the design initiatives of the late Michael Brill, a former architecture faculty member and a pioneer of design research of international significance. The Brill Scholarship supports international travel for our global studios programs. It was these particular interests and notable contributions to architecture and architectural education that inspired Brill's wife, Susan Weidemann, to create a program of travel scholarships that would enable students in the architecture program at UB to study abroad. The awards are made to students who have shown significant promise in their academic work at the school.

  • Brunkow Fellowship

    The Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellowship was established for the School of Architecture and Planning by Kathryn Brunkow Sample and Steven B. Sample (former president of the University at Buffalo) in 1989. The Brunkow Fellow serves as the editor-in-chief of Intersight, the annual journal of the School of Architecture and Planning.

  • Cannon Design Scholarship

    The Cannon Design Scholarship is open to new students applying to the graduate program or continuing graduate students. The recipient of the Cannon Design Graduate Scholarship is selected on a competitive basis from a pool of eligible students assembled by the chair of the Department of Architecture in consultation with a faculty advisory committee. Qualified applicants will submit a portfolio of work. A representative of Cannon Design and the chair will review the applications and select a scholarship recipient in late summer or early fall. The recipient of the CGS will commit to a summer internship/apprenticeship at Cannon, ideally earning IDP credit.

  • CREW Network Foundation College Scholarships

    The CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network awards $5,000 scholarships each year to women who are enrolled full-time in a real estate program with the intent to pursue a career in commercial real estate.   These scholarships include paid summer internship opportunities, complimentary CREW Network student at-large membership, and complimentary registration to the CREW Network Annual Convention and Marketplace.

  • Durand Scholarship

    The Drs. Henry J. and Bonita R. Durand Scholarship (Durand Scholarship) provides financial support to students matriculated in the Graduate School of Education or in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo. This award is intended to assist students who often encounter a host of financial obstacles that can hinder progression towards earning a degree and/or graduating.

  • Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

    This award is granted to a New York City resident studying architecture in an accredited first-professional-degree program in New York State. The student must be recognized by the faculty as having strong academic abilities and financial need. The recipient must be a first-professional-degree candidate returning next semester for their last year of study.

  • Faculty - Staff Scholarship

    Supported by the faculty and staff of the School of Architecture and Planning, this scholarship is a testament to the active engagement and direct investment of our school community in the academic success of our students. The Faculty-Staff Scholarship is supported by an annual campaign and is eligible to graduate and undergraduate students in either architecture or urban and regional planning.

  • Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

    Fellowships and scholarships are designed to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and potential. These prestigious awards generally include a full or partial tuition scholarship, often include a generous stipend and are built to let the student concentrate on coursework and/or research.

    The University at Buffalo maintains an extensive resource for financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships. Please visit UB's graduate fellowship and scholarship web site for all of the up to date general graduate and doctoral scholarships opportunities.

  • Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Scholarship

    This scholarship for Masters of Urban Planning students is endowed by Ibrahim Jammal, former professor and founder of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and his wife, Viviane. The award encourages MUP students to explore and research issues related to international planning, futures studies or globalization. The Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal fund also supports the annual Jammal Lecture program.

  • International Council of Shopping Centers

    The ICSC Foundation offers several merit and/or need based scholarships with annual awards between $5,000-$10,000, for graduate students who have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in retail real estate. All scholarship recipients receive an industry mentor, complimentary attendance at the ICSC’s annual RECon (the ICSC’s annual convention), and a complimentary ICSC student membership.  Preferences are stated for members of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups, real estate entrepreneurs, and/or students with a demonstrated commitment to their community.

  • International Undergraduate Scholarships

    International students should visit the International Undergraduate Admissions website for more information on available scholarships.

  • Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral Fellowship in Food Systems Planning

    The school's Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (Food Lab) also welcomes interested candidates to the PhD in Urban and Regional Planning to apply for the Kaufman Fellowship, the first doctoral fellowship in food systems planning in the U.S. The program honors the intellectual legacy of Professor Jerome L. Kaufman, FAICP, who laid the foundation of food systems planning research, pedagogy and practice within the discipline of urban and regional planning. Building on Professor Kaufman’s legacy, Kaufman Fellows will engage in and advance the research and scholarship on the role of planning in building healthy and equitable food systems. The Kaufman Fellowship offers three years of financial support including full tuition, a competitive stipend, and financial support for fellows to attend and present their research at conferences. Kaufman Fellows will be affiliated with the Food Lab and work directly with its director, Associate Professor Samina Raja.

  • Kideney Scholarship

    Eligible to graduate students in the Department of Architecture, the Kideney Scholarship is designed to attract and retain top students and introduce them to Kideney Architects, a leading architectural practice based in Buffalo. The scholarship is critical investment in the next generation of architects and leaders for the Western New York community. Excluded from eligibility are 2nd year students in the MArch 2-Year program, and 3rd year students in the MArch 3.5-Year program. All other graduate students with a demonstrated record of design excellence and academic success are encouraged to apply.

  • NAIOP Diversity Student Scholarships

    NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, offers five $5,000 scholarships to support graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a degree that will lead to a career in the commercial real estate industry.  Preference will be given to students who have been traditionally under-represented in the commercial real estate field.

    Applicants must be a NAIOP University member in good standing; be a full-time undergraduate student of junior or senior standing or enrolled in an applicable graduate program; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale).  Each award recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the NAIOP Annual Commercial Real Estate Conference.

  • Other University at Buffalo Scholarships

    For information on other merit-based and need-based UB scholarships available to prospective freshmen, transfer students and UB students, please see the Other UB Administered Scholarships page on the Office of Financial Aid website. This office handles continuing eligibility requirements for all Undergraduate Admissions and International Admissions merit scholarships.

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports 30 individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the U.S. The Fellowship provides $20,000 maintenance and half tuition wherever the Fellow attends.

  • Pella Competition - Sponsored by Pella and WESTNY Building Products

    For more than a decade, the Pella Windows & Doors Store, a division of Pella/WESTNY Building Products Company, has sponsored a design competition at the UB School of Architecture and Planning with scholarship awards for student projects that integrate fenestration in architecture. It challenges eligible UB architecture students and aims to inspire new ideas and the design of buildings that integrate use of fenestration in architecture in interesting, innovative, unique and creative ways to capture more than light, air and view. Eligible students include seniors who have been admitted to continue in our Master of Architecture or dual degree programs and returning MArch or dual degree students.

  • Pension Real Estate Association

    PREA awards scholarships to graduate students studying real estate (with an apparent primary emphasis on finance), including scholarships that support the education and professional development of minority students. Average awards are $2,000-$2,500.

  • SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design

    The SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding student to do in-depth research, collaborate with other designers, and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. In addition to the grand SOM Prize, the Foundation also awards a $20,000 travel fellowship to the second strongest candidate.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships

    The University at Buffalo maintains an extensive resource for financial assistance and scholarships. Please visit UB's Undergraduate Financial Aid web site for all of the up to date scholarships opportunities.

  • Upstate New York SIOR Scholarship

    The SIOR Scholarship in Real Estate Development is awarded annually, and is funded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), a leading commercial real estate association, representing the world's top producing brokers (  This $5,000 annual scholarship provides support for UB graduate students in the real estate development program, enables SIOR to partner with the school and program, supports SIOR’s mission to support education, and grows awareness among students for SIOR and the profession. Scholarship preference will be given to a student contemplating a career in commercial real estate brokerage.

  • Watts Scholar

    Targeting architecture students from underrepresented groups, the Watts Scholar is supported by Watts Architects & Engineers, a progressive, minority-owned architecture and engineering (A/E) firm with offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, and New York, NY. Formed in 1986 by Edward O. Watts, PE as its sole employee, Watts specialized in environmental engineering and training. Over the last 30 years, the firm has continually diversified its services to satisfy the consulting needs in the marketplace and today is a full-service architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firm.

    Students eligible to receive the scholarship:

    Undergraduate students in architecture

    Undergraduate students entering their junior year of study are eligible to receive a total award of $3,325 (allocated in two equal installments in the Fall of their junior and senior year)

    - OR -

    Graduates students in architecture

    Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $3,325 (new and continuing students may apply). Graduate-level Watts Scholars are eligible to apply for an internship with Watts Architects and Engineers. Internships are contingent on availability.

    Nominations may be submitted by faculty or peers. Self-nominations are also welcome. Submit nomination materials to The nomination package should include the following (as a single pdf file):

    1. Cover page including full name, year of study, and contact information of the applicant (email address)
    2. A statement describing the applicant’s creative aspirations (1-page max)
    3. Image illustrative of applicant’s work (1 image max)
    4. Names of two faculty references

    Please put “Watts Nomination [Last name of nominee]” in the application.

    Awards will be made to underrepresented students on the basis of student performance, engagement, and demonstrated financial need. Applications are typically due in February of each year. 

    “For over fifteen years, our company has provided scholarships to deserving minority students that are on a pathway to careers in architecture and engineering,” said Edward Watts, Jr., president of Watts. “As long as our company remains in business, we will continue to partner with educational institutions to help provide access to students that are dedicated to pursuing their dreams.”

  • Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship

    The Prosperity Fellowship program is dedicated to supporting promising UB students who are committed to contributing to the economic viability of the WNY Region. The program provides Prosperity Fellows with professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders and the community.  This fellowship program assists graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the WNY region.  Up to $25,000 in scholarship and internship support for an academic year will be awarded to each Fellow based on demonstrated financial need.

  • WNY NYSCAR Scholarship

    Awarded annually starting in 2016, this dedicated scholarship is for an incoming full-time student who will be pursuing an MSRED at UB, with preference given to a student pursuing their degree while employed by a company affiliated with WNY NYSCAR.  In the sum of $4,000, the award represents the generosity of the Western New York chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (, and the dedication of its members to the education of the future leaders of the real estate development industry.  The WNY NYSCAR Scholar will be named each spring for the next academic year.

  • WX Scholars Program

    WX is an organization of New York women executives in real estate. The WX Scholars Program supports bright and talented young women pursuing careers in real estate and related professions in the New York metropolitan area. WX Scholars benefit from education and informative programming and networking events, a mentoring program designed to match scholar recipients with WX mentors and provide them with specific programs and networking opportunities as they enter the workforce, no-cost admission for up to two years to WX events, and need-based financial assistance of up to $10,000.